Ómicron: the Ministry of Health confirmed the first case in Argentina

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The Ministry of Health confirmed the first case of Omicron on the Argentina. It’s about a traveler 38 years old, resident of the province of saint Louis, who attended a work event in South Africa. As reported by the health ministry, he had returned to the country on November 30. The affected person has the complete vaccination scheme and a history of having suffered Covid-19 in March 2021.

In a statement, the portfolio that leads Carla Vizzotti it is explained that “on December 5, the first case of the Omicron variant in Argentina was confirmed by the National Reference Laboratory in a traveler from South Africa.” And it adds: “The current epidemiological objective is to contain and delay the possible community transmission of new variants of concern, to continue increasing the coverage of complete vaccination schemes and to sensitize and strengthen non-pharmacological prevention measures in the population ”.

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First case of Ómicron in Argentina

As detailed by the Ministry of Health, the first person affected with Ómicron from Argentina is a “38-year-old person, a resident of the province of San Luis, who attended a work event in South Africa, returning to the country on November 30” . They also warned that said traveler has the complete vaccination scheme and a history of having suffered Covid-19 in March 2021.

Regarding the controls, the sanitary portfolio indicated that the affected party “carried out PCR test prior to travel back to Argentina (where he arrived via the United States) according to the established protocols, with the result negative”, While upon reaching national soil a antigen test at International Airport Ezeiza, also with result negative.

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Later, he is transferred from the airport to his home, in the province of San Luis, by means of a rental car with a driver. Meanwhile, after arriving in San Luis soil, he prepared to comply with the corresponding insulation. Last December 2nd the affected person learned that people he shared with at an event in South Africa were diagnosed as positiveTherefore, despite not having symptoms, she contacted her local health system.

Again, the traveler was subjected to diagnostic tests (Antigen Test and PCR) with a positive result. Following notification to national authorities, samples are sent from San Luis for genomic sequencing in the National Reference Laboratory and for study in the Public Health Laboratory of the province of San Luis.

In addition, the Ministry of Health stressed that from the arrival in their locality of origin, the traveler and four other close contacts are performing the respective isolationor, being that the latter “do not present symptoms” and have already been studied by PCR, with a result, so far, of negative. “All will be tested again at the end of the isolation,” they assured.

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When did the Omicron variant come about?

The Ministry of Health reported that the first isolation of the new Omicron variant was reported on November 11 in Botswana. Already on November 14, it was identified in South Africa, becoming a predominant variant in some regions of that country. On November 26, after giving it its Greek name, the WHO designated variant B.1.1.529 as a variant of concern (VOC).

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As of December 5, 2021, cases have been identified in countries in Africa, Asia, Oceania, in addition to 17 nations of the European Union and more than 15 regions of the United States, Canada and Mexico. While At the regional level, imported cases have been reported in Brazil and Chile.

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